upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

Melissa B Skolnick

Melissa B Skolnick Melissa B Skolnick
(1) by Christian Noguera (2) by Andrés Cisneros


Melissa Beatriz Skolnick is a documentary filmmaker and multimedia storyteller, who believes in the power of cultural organizing. Since 2010, she has been working with nonprofits and arts organizations throughout Philadelphia, while using a range of tools for community building and storytelling. Drawing on experiences from her own immigrant family, she advocates for social justice and human rights across communities.

After attaining her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, she worked as a grant writer at Esperanza. Since then, she has served as a consultant with a range of organizations, including Scribe Video Center, Media Mobilizing Project, GSE Films, and Penn School of Social Policy & Practice. As a cultural organizer, she has supported an array of independent artists through fundraising and multimedia efforts. She has also co-taught several classes focused on using film and journalism for social change, and is currently the Director of the CAMRA Film Fellows Program at Penn.

As an artist, Melissa partners with arts and educational organizations to advocate for equality. One of her short films, The Engine of My Life/El Motor De Mi Vida, was produced with Media Mobilizing Project and focuses on immigrant rights. An earlier project, No Color Without Contrast, highlights the Youth Artist Program at Taller Puertorriqueño. Her multimedia projects have screened at local film festivals, conferences, and community centers, in order to spark dialogue and action across communities. Much of her independent work focuses on collaborating with the Latinx community, both by using film as a tool for organizing and by documenting multifaceted stories of arts and culture.

Melissa B. Skolnick, Joanna Siegel, and Kate Zambon were awarded an Art and Change Grant in 2012. Learn more about that project here.


Leeway grant?

Leeway Transformation Award

The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists living in the Delaware Valley region who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work. 2018 applications will be available in January, 2018. [read more]

deadline 05/15
Upcoming events
12/031:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Conversation and Workshop with Kameelah Janan Rasheed

On Sunday, December 3, join Institute of Contemporary Art for a conversation and workshop with Kameelah Janan Rasheed—an artist whose work is featured in the exhibition Speech/Acts—co-presented with the Leeway Foundation.

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12/145:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leeway, CultureWorks, Bread and Roses and Philly PR Girl Present Holiday YAY

Kick off the holiday party season with Bread & Roses Community Fund, CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, Leeway Foundation, and Philly PR Girl. We're all neighbors in The Philadelphia Building and we want to celebrate you! 

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